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Thursday, February 14, 2013

(OLDER POST) Reminder: Camera & Photo Lightning deals on Friday

This is an older post. Check the top of the blog for the latest... This only a reminder. Friday is just around the corner and this means a new round of Camera and Photo Lightning Specials at Amazon. As usual, the specials teasers will posted at the aforelinked page after 3am ET on Friday and the prices will be revealed throughout the day as the lightning specials go live. As usual, we will have our detailed post after they go live, but we are posting this in case we are late in posting the detailed post.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Meta: The rise of Monoprice feature story at Buzzfeed

If it wasn't for the boldly-going early adopters, we would probably still be scared of buying online. But because the boldly-going early adopters check out new retailers and new paradigms of doing business, they help the rest of us figure out where it's safe and good and reasonable to shop. One company whose profile is rising is Monoprice.com, featured in a feature story at Buzzfeed.com with the horror movie title "How Monoprice Is Eating The Tech World From The Inside Out". (via The Verge).

(OLDER POST) Coming on Friday: Camera & Photo Lightning Deals

This is an older post... The days fly by, another week is almost over and Friday is almost here. Just like before, Amazon will be having another round of Camera and Photo Lightning Deals. The specials will be listed over there at some point after 3am eastern on Friday. The product names are typically revealed initially, but the prices are only revealed when they go live... We will have our usual detailed listing after they go live, but in case the alarm clock breaks or we are abducted by aliens, you can check for them on your own after Friday 3am ET at the Camera and Photo Lightning Deals. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, will this mean better or worse deals? Will it be red and pink galore? :)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Request Line: what are you interested in?

What a sharp contrast between the holiday shopping season and now. It's like someone pushed the OFF button. As you have noticed, the number of deals posted here has dropped the last few days. Part of it is because we were frantically trying to catch up with the New Digital Cameras of 2013, part of it is because the retailers were trying to do the same, and part of it because there were not that many specials compared to the "regular season" (let alone compared to the Holiday Shopping Season).

So this is a good time for another edition of the "Request Line". What items are you looking for so we can keep an extra eye out for them? You can let us know in the comments below or using the online contact form or on Twitter @CameraDealsblog or the Twitter of the main blog @1001noisycamera (without the final "s"; twitter has a limit of 15 characters in a user name; so keep that in mind if you are planning an online branding).

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Deal Ended: 2% discount on Payroll Taxes (ENDED)

If you are budgeting for new digital camera purchases in 2013, we have some breaking news for you. The 2% rate-discount on Payroll taxes (for employed and self-employed individuals) ended on 12/31/12 and it was not renewed by Congress during the emergency fecal cliff drama. This development is something that is under-reported and mis-reported by the mass-market corporate media, so we are making sure people are aware of it. This brings the payroll tax rate back up to the previous rate (6.2%) before the temporary stimulus discount was launched and had brought it down to 4.2%.

A 2% increase on a $50,000 household income is $1,000. 2% on a $100,000 household income is $2,000. This is like removing a nice lens or a nice camera body from your purchase list :(

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Amazon Holiday Season Lightning Deals Ended

It looks like the Holiday season Amazon Lightning Deals are over. The usual Gold Box specials continue as always. As you can see, the Camera & Photo Lightning Deals widget and the Holiday Deals widget are nearly empty. The items they have, they come from the Traditional Gold Box.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Free listing: Photographers with Typepad blogs

If you have a Typepad blog (or are planning to start one), TypePad.com has recently launched a new TypePad gift shop that lists small and independent businesses. They have a photography section as well, and currently there are only two listings, so this might be a good opportunity to get a high profile listing. They have a "Submit" button at the bottom of the page. You get two links in your listing, one to your TypePad blog and one to the place where you sell your photography art. As an example, the two photographer shop pages currently listed there: Caryn Drexl and Moonflowers Photography on Etsy.

TypePad offers plans starting at $9/mo, with the more versatile unlimited plan at $15/mo.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Note: B&H Photo will accept orders again on Sat at 5:45pm ET

If you are trying to buy any of the B&H Photo Black Friday specials, please note that B&H Photo is, as usual, not accepting orders during the Sabbath. The B&H Photo website will begin accepting orders again on Saturday at 5:45pm ET.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

(ENDED) Heads up: Interesting specials go live on Thursday at 9am ET

This is an older alert... In order to help us organize the madness and not miss some of the good deals, we have been given a heads-up on a handful of camera specials that will go live at 9am ET (6am pacific) on Thursday (Thanksgiving Day). The products and the prices will be revealed when they go live on Thursday at 9am ET. Make sure the spouse is not looking at your computer at that time ;-)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Executive summary of B&M Black Friday Ads

We already went through some of the Black Friday ads here store by store but if you prefer an executive summary of the specials, we just posted one at the main blog.

Spoiler alert: the highlights appear to be the Sony NEX-5R w/18-55 for $650 and the Nikon D7000 w/18-105 for $1000 at Best Buy [starting on page #20 on their Black Friday Ad]

UPDATE: If you prefer an executive summary of the current online specials, we have also launched at the main blog the Black Friday Situation Room. That is more of an executive summary. This blog will continue to cover the latest specials as they happen.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Discover launches Price Protection and Return Guarantee (YMMV)

Just in time for the holidays, Discover has launched some new "Shop Smart" features, including Price Protection (refunds up to $500 if you find a lower price an eligible item at any store within 90 days of purchase) and Return Guarantee (return an eligible purchase for a refund up to $500 if the store won't take it back within 90 days of purchase). This is in addition to the Purchase Protection (covers eligible purchases up to $500 if they are damaged or stolen within 90 days of purchase) and Extended Product Warranty (extends existing eligible warranty for up to a year).

As usual, make sure you check all the terms and conditions of this through your Discover account or by contacting the Discover customer service representatives. There are limits, caveats, exclusions, and the like! Do not assume if you are not sure! Ask!

PS: I do not know if this feature is rolled out to every Discover card type. Check your emails or statements or your online account or other communications from Discover. Ask them if you are not sure you have this feature.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Legal: Supreme Court case may impact used camera market

A case that will be heard on Monday at the Supreme Court may impact the used camera market by striking down or diminishing the First Sale doctrine. This could impact both you as an individual photographer selling your old/used/unwanted gearand also sellers of used camera gear (retailers, etc) and also marketplaces of used or unwanted camera gear (eBay, etc). Details at the main blog.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

(OLDER POST) Reminder: Camera & Photo Lightning deals on Friday

On Friday, like the last few months, Amazon will have a new round of Camera & Photo Lightning deals on Friday. We posted our usual round-up now that the specials have gone live. We don't know what the specials are going to be ahead of time, sometimes they turn out to be good, some are okay, some are yawnfests.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Section 179 deductions decreasing dramatically next year

This is of interest if you have a studio or photography business or operate (as) a small business. Consult with your accountant(s), tax preparer(s), and financial advisor(s) for details on how these may apply to your situation. This blog does not provide financial advice!

Section 179 may sound like something out of The X Files or Fringe or Star Trek, but it is also part of the tax code and it tries to help small businesses deduct their capital expenses the year-of-purchase/put-into-use instead of following the usual multi-year slower deductions. Unless something changes in the tax code, the limits will decrease dramatically over the next two years, starting in 2013. If you are planning big capital camera gear purchases or leases, you may want to take this into consideration as you make your plans. Details on Section 179 at this 179 dedicated blog. Alert/reminder via Capture Integration blog.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Nikon Coffee Cup Lens 24-70 with zoom for $14

Coffee cup in the shape of a lens mania! If you are not tired of this, and if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can get this Nikon Coffee Cup Lens 24-70 for $14. The item is sold by a 3rd-party seller but it is fulfilled by Amazon, which is why is qualifies for Prime or free shipping if the total of your order is $25+. It has 22 customer reviews with an average rating of 3.3 out of 5 (five 1-stars).

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Selling your gear: KEH Photo travels coast to coast

If you are interested in selling some of your older/unused camera gear without having to deal with eBay/Craigslist/etc, and prefer in-person transactions, KEH Photo has announced their coast to coast road show. They will be traveling to different events and photo stores around the country and buying gear directly from photographers during those events. The aforelinked schedule covers October, November and December 2012, and zig-zags throughout the country.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

(ENDED) Reminder: Camera & Photo Lightning Deals on Friday

This week's specials ended... This week flew fast. It is almost Friday. And Friday means that a new round of Camera & Photo Lightning Deals at Amazon will go live on Friday. The specials usually start going live on Fridays at 9am eastern. We will have our usual detailed post after the product names are revealed earlier on Friday. This is only a heads-up post.

We don't know ahead of time what the specials are. Sometimes there are good deals, sometimes there are okay deals, sometimes there are yawnfests, sometimes it feels like a drunk intern put them together at the last minute ;-) So only time will tell...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Photography t-shirts: 20% off Micro Four Thirds themed gear

If you are a fan of Micro Four Thirds, there is a new coupon code that gets you 20% off the current prices of Mu-43.com t-shirts! Details, discussion, and coupon codes through the Mu-43.com forums. These are delivered through Zazzle.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

eBay updates User Agreement on Friday night

Why do corporations have to be so douchey? eBay launched a series of updates to its User Agreement on Friday night. The updates are summarized in an email sent to the registered email addresses of current eBay users. The email was sent out on Friday night. Announcing things on Friday night is a douchey practice because it limits the amount of coverage they get. So if there are any controversial provisions, they can often fly under the radar because most people take off for the weekend. If corporations want to rehabilitate their image, they can start by being more open and transparent instead of lawyering up and BSing their way out of everything. Rant ends :)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Deal Enabler: Costco membership promotion

This is not a direct deal, but a deal enabler. Costco upon occasion gets some really good deals on camera gear, typically specific kits and bundles. Case in point, a few days ago they had an online super-bundle special on the K-30 (expired now). Some of the specials are online, some of the specials are in their brick and mortar mega-warehouse-stores. If you are not a Costco member, you can still buy, but you have to pay a 5% non-member surcharge. For more expensive camera gear, this surcharge is close to the annual Costco membership fee. So if you are a regular electronics shopper, a Costco membership might be more beneficial.

With that as a semi-necessary preface, there is a special promotion for new Costco memberships. The membership prices are the same, but you can get these freebies: 48 AA Kirkland brand single-use batteries, 35pk of drinking water (great for outdoorsy photographers), and a rotisserie chicken (if you are vegan/vegetarian, perhaps you can co-ordinate with a local shelter or food bank and deliver it to them at lunch/dinner time) [or you can use it to practice food photography].

Details and discussion of this promotion at Fat Wallet.

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